Samsung sees its network solutions business as a key driver of growth which is why the company went all-in on 5G years ago. Its solutions have helped carriers across the globe deploy commercial 5G networks over the past year. More carriers are now opting for Samsung's solutions as they move to the next-gen mobile standard.
Samsung today confirmed that it has reached a commercial agreement with U.S. Cellular to provide the carrier with 5G and 4G LTE network solutions. The agreement defines the terms under which the carrier can purchase Samsung's network solutions which include 5G NR technology.
U.S. Cellular's 5G network will be powered by Samsung
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest mobile carrier in the United States and it has already deployed a 4G LTE network. The carrier is now looking to launch its 5G network and for that reason, it's turning to Samsung in order to source the necessary equipment.
Samsung is one of the leading suppliers of 5G network solutions in the world so it's well-positioned to help U.S. Cellular build out its 5G network using equipment that's compliant with 3GPP 5G NR standards. While being in the process of launching its 5G network, U.S. Cellular is accepting pre-orders for the 5G Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
These are the first 5G-ready smartphones on its network. U.S. Cellular has already gone through with the initial deployment of its 5G network in select communities across Iowa and Wisconsin. The carrier plans to expand the coverage of its 5G network in more markets across the United States in the coming months.